Final NaNo Tally… I am a Winner!!

Well, NaNo this month was hard. November is a hard month for me. Lots going on both inside my head and outside of it. So I found myself really having to force the writing.

But, that said. 52,449 is my final tally for this month! I will be honest, not all 50,000 words is on the project I started with. I was a bit of a rebel, and I finished off doing some character building and some world building for projects I had started previously but lost direction on.

The number one thing I learned about myself this year is that I need to plan before I write, otherwise I get lost, and the story gets convoluted into something that I no longer control. So I will be using the winner’s code to buy Scrivener to help with that planning thing.

And now, onward to Christmas! And more reading, and reviewing!

How did your NaNo endeavours turn out?

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Another NaNoWriMo Check-in

So, another week has gone by, and my word count has climbed slowly but steadily. 28,485 words so far.

I have learned a lot about myself as an author this time around, and I know I need to start doing some planning before I write again. The story for NaNo is running away without me, and I am not impressed with it.

I am reaching critical mass for fatigue, and I have been tempted to give up on NaNo a lot… I think it is through pure stubbornness that I am still going. Last night the almost-unthinkable happened. I almost wound up being short on words. I was so disappointed in myself, but when I was sitting here, falling asleep, trying to write… I didn’t have much choice. I decided to finish out the scene before going to bed, and when I did I was ahead on words. So it all worked out.

And now I need to get my words done for the night before I get to the point of falling asleep at my computer again.

NaNoWriMo and What To Read

NaNo is still going well. I am still staying on pace, though I have to say last night I very much didn’t want to. I wanted a break. But I knew as soon as I let myself slack off, I wouldn’t get back on track. And as I have sort of already bought my reward for finishing, I have to be extra sure I finish.

I have an interesting phenomenon occurring while I write. I am imagining ways to edit my story so that it would be better for reading. Not the minutiae of “Oh, that word doesn’t work” but more the broad sense of “I wonder if it would be more effective if I opened with this scene”. And I am not entirely sure what to do with these ideas. I don’t want to get bogged down thinking about this stuff right now, when I am trying to just get the story OUT. But I also know myself, my memory (or lack thereof) and I don’t want to lose what could be good ideas. Any advice?

I am way behind for my reading goal for the year. I got bogged down with some long books for book club, and wound up not catching up. I also have some books to read for reviews. So I am at a complete loss as to what to read next. The goal is important to me. But so is being accountable to the people I promised reviews to. I think I might re-read some things to get me back on track for the reading goal, and then go back to reading for review purposes.

You may have noticed that my list on the right has some books that I haven’t reviewed here. I generally will not review sequels on the blog unless I have reviewed all previous books in the series. It is a minor housekeeping/OCD thing of mine. Otherwise, you can find sequel reviews on my Goodreads. The same goes for re-reads. I will likely be re-reading two series I know I can get through really quickly to give myself a cushion while I work on books for review. (Namely, Twilight and Harry Potter.) I don’t think I will be reviewing them at this time, though.

I was very happy the other night when I discovered that Laini Taylor’s new book Days of Blood & Starlight was just released (the sequel to Daughter of Smoke & Bone). I went to the library website and requested it. I am fourteenth in line, which isn’t too bad. Out of curiosity I checked how many copies they are getting in. Thirteen. I wish the blog had emoticons so I could put an unimpressed face here!

Alright, this is 400+ words I could be putting towards NaNo, so I need to get on that. No more leaving it until 11:00 and then rushing to beat the timer for the day to keep my average up!

Happy NaNo-ing!

NaNoWriMo 2012 – Checking In

NaNoWriMo is going well so far. I have been pretty sick, but I am still forcing myself to get the words in every day.

I like my story. I can see going far with this one. Either I will edit it and serialize it, or I will edit it and try to publish. But this is the first time I have felt strongly about editing and doing more with my story.

My current word count is 8868 words. I am a ways off of the 20,000+ some people have managed to rack up, but I am trying not to be too hard on myself. I have some serious health issues that impede my writing abilities. (You try doing NaNo with Fibro Fog… or riding a migraine hangover. Neither is fun) I may not be banging out words as massively as other people are, but I am on track. I am even ahead of the game a little bit!

How are your NaNo adventures coming along? Are you ahead of word count? Behind?

NaNoWriMo 2012 – And We’re Off!

So, I did the whole write-a-little-at-midnight thing, and I have a somewhat respectable 519 words to springboard off of come morning. I am pretty pleased with that.

My novel, working title Scent Memory, is a fantasy about a woman who blends perfume oils, but has a deep dark secret as to how she gets them to smell so scintillating.

November hasn’t been kind to me in the past with NaNoWriMo… something always goes wrong… and I am kind of on tenterhooks to see if it will be a trend. But fingers crossed, knock on wood, and any other superstitious anti-jinxing mumbo-jumbo you can think of… it will all be good.

So, tell me about your novel! Did you write at midnight, or are you waiting?

On NaNoWriMo, why I gave up on House of Leaves, and more…

I haven’t done a general rambly post in a long time. Not since I went on the hiatus I still haven’t officially come back from. Things have settled from that, thankfully. So here is hoping the blog will be more active again. Because I have SO many plans. Oh what fun!

So, NaNoWriMo… National Novel Writing Month. I did this in August (that incarnation being known as Camp NaNoWriMo) and succeeded in writing 50,000 words in one month. This was the first time I had done it ever, and I am SO proud. So I will be doing it again in November. Which, holy shit, is only a week away. OK, nine days. But really.

I have a plot. So that is step one. I even have a working title and some character names. Go me, go!

Feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you are doing NaNoWriMo in November. (And you should be!) I am vanillabean over there. Here is a link: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/vanillabean

This week, I did something I have only done two or three times before. I stopped reading a book in the middle. That book was House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. It was a book club selection. It had fantastic potential to creep me out, especially when I flipped to later pages and saw the wonky formatting. I got shivers then. But the academic nature of the first part of the book made it impossible for me to get into it. I might have been able to force myself to read it, but I realized I have been doing that a lot, lately.

I have been reading books that I haven’t chosen for myself. And I am not enjoying them. It is part of why I am so far behind on my goal to read 75 books this year. I keep getting bogged down in these books I have no energy or patience for, because I feel like I have to read them for some reason.

Well, I don’t. So House of Leaves is going back to the library. Will I try to read it again? Maybe someday. But no rush.

I claimed I had more to write about in the subject line, but at this point that is a horrible, horrible lie. I can’t remember what else I was going to write. So on that note, I bid you farewell.

Camp NaNo 2012 – WINNER

Many things tried to keep me from winning this month, but I persevered. For those of you who don’t know, you only get this shiny little graphic after you validate your novel and it can see that YES you have indeed finished 50,000 words or more.

I finished at 50,150 words. My novel’s working title and plot are things that I plan to keep secret for a while. But I will be taking a break before I continue with it.

So, when does National Sleep For A Month month start? Anyone?